Full 2022 WRC line-up revealed
We are excited to announce our complete crew line-up for the 2022 WRC season, the first year of the championship’s new hybrid era. Joining full-time drivers Thierry and Ott in our third Rally1 car will be Spaniard Dani Sordo and the exciting Swedish youngster Oliver Solberg.
“We are pleased to confirm Dani and Oliver in our third car for next season, alongside Thierry and Ott,” said our Team Principal Andrea. “We think it’s the best compromise between experience and youth, and the ideal mix for a new era of WRC.”
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Dani has been part of our squad since our debut WRC season back in 2014, and has played an integral role in some of our most memorable moments. The Spaniard contributed to a famous 1-2 result at Rallye Deutschland in our first year of competition, and has gone on to be a consistent performer in each season since. He has claimed two victories in our colours, both at Rally Italia Sardegna in 2019 and 2020, and has a total of 13 podium finishes to date.
“I have said many times before that Hyundai Motorsport is like a family to me, so I am pleased to continue my career with them into the new hybrid era of WRC,” said Dani. “I am looking forward to even more to come as we prepare for fresh challenges.”
“Not only will Dani drive a selected number of events, but he will also be working with us on events when Oliver steps in,” added Andrea. “His approach to racing and his extensive experience will be a great asset to our team when our learning curve with new regulations will be high.”
Oliver joined us at the end of 2020 ahead of his first season in 2021. The Swedish prospect, who recently turned 20-years-old, has participated in nine events with us this season, driving three different cars – the i20 R5, i20 N Rally2 and the i20 Coupe WRC – with encouraging performances. An exciting talent, Oliver will share the third Rally1 car with Dani on selected events, and will be a critical component as we embark on a new chapter in our WRC history.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to climb into the third WRC car to do selected events together with Dani Sordo,” commented Oliver. “I’m only just 20, so it’s a huge step so early in my career. I am excited to drive the new era of car, the Rally1; it’s definitely a special time to be involved in WRC.”
“It is good to have new blood like Oliver in the team, alongside the experience that our existing crews will bring,” said Andrea. “We will undoubtedly have a very strong line-up as we embark on a fresh chapter for Hyundai Motorsport.”